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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

d'Arenberg Wines buys into the spirits business

Venerable McLaren Vale wine producer d"Arenberg has bought into the spirits business with the acquisition  of award-winning craft distillery Settlers Spirits and associated premium mixer brand Oceans Spirit.

Founded by Rowland and Shelley Short in 2018, Settlers Spirits has quickly become recognised as one of the industry’s premier boutique gin distillers. 

With 13 different flavoured gins along with a range of whisky, rum, vodka and flavoured liqueurs, the brand is distributed nationally. 

“I couldn’t be happier to see d’Arenberg as custodians of Settlers Spirits and to see ownership remain within the McLaren Vale wine region,” said co-founder Rowland Short.

d’Arenberg chief winemaker Chester Osborn says despite the purchase there are currently no plans for any significant changes to the business. 

“I’m a fan of the diversity and craftsmanship of Rowland’s gins and spirits," he said. "The methodical and detailed blending methods represent a philosophical alignment to what we do here at d’Arenberg. 

“Rowland has some exciting ideas around product development, and we are excited to work together to bring those ideas to fruition which can only be a great thing for fans of Settlers Spirits”.

Settlers’ McLaren Vale cellar door operations, famous for behind the scenes experiences - such as a gin blending masterclass - will operate independently. 


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